In celebration of the Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition at the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park, visitors to MNS will have the rare opportunity to meet Rodney Fox, miracle survivor of one of the worst, non-fatal Great White Shark attacks on record who has since devoted his life to shark expeditions, conservation and research. On Saturday, July 28, *ticket holders to the Planet Shark: Predator or Preyexhibition will hear about Rodney’s unparalleled diving career of funny, unusual, and thrilling experiences, including his famous shark attack story and being a part of the filming for the popular 1975 film, “Jaws.” Visitors can see a signed copy of Peter Benchley’s book, “Jaws,” in the Planet Shark exhibition at the Museum.
Visitors can also enjoy interactive, educational programming including a shark senses cart, shark conservation table, Planet Shark: Just for Kids area, a fossil shark tooth dig, temporary shark tattoos and Saturday shark dissection, included in the purchase of a Planet Shark ticket.
- On Friday, July 27, from 5-7 p.m. the Museum will host a Member-only meet-and-greet with Rodney within the Planet Shark exhibition, before he meets with the general public on Saturday. During the day Friday, Rodney will meet children attending summer camp at the Museum as well as teenage volunteers at the Museum.
- *On Saturday, July 28, Rodney will host a meet-and-greet with the general public, within the Planet Shark exhibition, at scheduled times:
*The general public must purchase a ticket to the Planet Shark exhibition for the meet-and-greet with Rodney on Saturday, July 28.
Great White shark attack survivor-turned-advocate, Rodney Fox, was attacked by a Great White shark and severely mauled around the chest and arm in December 1963. It’s no doubt that Rodney’s survival from one of the worst non-fatal Great White shark attacks on record is truly a miracle. Rodney suffered the attack during a spearfishing competition in South Australia, when he describes feeling what he called “a thump on his left side” and was suddenly in the mouth of a Great White shark. After one try to escape unsuccessfully, the shark then attacked a fish float attached to Rodney’s waist by a rope dragging him further underwater. The rope broke and Rodney was able to kick to the surface of the water. His bodily injuries were so severe it took more than 360 stitches to repair his wounds. To this day, he still has part of a Great White tooth embedded in his right wrist.
Since the attack, Rodney has devoted his life to shark expeditions, conservation and research. Rodney’s involvement in more than 100 different documentaries and movies includes consulting with director Steven Spielberg for the 1975 film “Jaws,” and Peter Benchley, author of the book and screenwriter for the film. Rodney also pioneered shark cages, used in shark cage diving, and organized the first expedition to hunt and film the Great White shark.
He delivers a firm message that “sharks are not all that bad, we have very few confrontations with them, and we should look after all our fishes especially the Great White. We must learn to live with and understand all sharks including the Great White Sharks and not kill them simply out of fear.” Rodney hopes that through the process of understanding and education that anyone can begin to appreciate and respect that which they were formally afraid of, to enjoy a better life.
- During Rodney’s exclusive visit to the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park, Brent Mills who directed and produced The National Geographic television film special featuring Rodney entitled “The Fox and the Shark,” will be filming Rodney for an newly updated version of “The Fox and The Shark.” This film features Rodney’s activities on 3 major expeditions with Great Whites, Whale Sharks and Reef and Silky Sharks in the Bahamas as well as highlighted history from the past 30 years of his diving and shark adventures.
- It is estimated that Rodney has been involved in some way with 90 percent of all prominent White Shark images taken worldwide, in the 20th Century.
- In January 2007, Rodney was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame.
- Shark Week’s 25th anniversary on the Discovery Channel starts Sunday, August 12.
- Rodney is attending JAWSFEST: The Tribute, which will take place August 9-11, 2012, on Martha’s Vineyard Island, which will explore the experiences, filming, and memories from the making of ”Jaws” including fans, families, cast and crew.
About Planet Shark: Predator or Prey
Sharks have been preying on the weak and consuming the dead for more than 450 million years, making them among the most successful animals on earth. Their reign has been critical to maintaining the health of our ocean ecosystems and strengthening the populations of animals that live there. Today there are more than 350 species of shark swimming in our oceans – but, for the first time in 450 million years, they are under threat. In just the last 50 years, humankind has driven dozens of shark species to the brink of extinction. Many more species are suffering massive population collapses. Planet Shark is a journey into the world of the shark – one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. It is a story of evolution, of form and function and of the significance of the shark in our world. For more information, please visit planetshark.org.
About Grande Exhibitions
Grande Exhibitions specializes in the design, creation and placement of cultural exhibitions for the international touring market. Our exhibitions have been shown in over 50 cities across 5 continents. Focusing on subjects with broad appeal, we develop content around the principles of education, entertainment and interactivity. Once complete our exhibitions are licensed to museums, galleries and entertainment promoters throughout the world. In addition to touring exhibitions, Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates two permanent museums – “il Genio di Leonardo da Vinci Museo”, in prestigious central locations in Rome and Venice, Italy. For more information, please visit grandeexhibitions.com.